Peter Maddox, 82, stands next to his yellow Vauxhall Corsa at Arlington Row in Bibury, Cotswolds. (file pic) See SWNS story SWYELLOW; The elderly owner of a yellow car vandalised because it damages the view in a picture postcard village has bought a grey motor to avoid being targeted again. Peter Maddox's bright Vauxhall Corsa received worldwide media coverage in 2015 when photographers and tourists said it ruined their photos of Arlington Row in Bibury, Glos. In January 2017, the retired dentist, 84, found the supermini vandalised with the windows smashed and the words 'Freddie Move' scratched into the bonnet. The three-year-old car sustained damage valued at £6,000, writing it off.
Peter Maddox, 82, stands next to his yellow Vauxhall Corsa in Bibury (picture: SWNS)

A man whose yellow car was written off by vandals after it was accused of ruining a picture postcard view has given into his critics and bought a grey one instead.

Peter Maddox’s Vauxhall Corsa hit the headlines in 2015 for ‘photobombing’ photographers’ pictures of Arlington Row in Bibury, Gloucestershire.

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But last month the vehicle was written off when vandals smashed in its windows and scratched the words ‘Freddie Move’ on its bonnet.

Now the 84-year-old retired dentist has decided to given into the critics and buy a grey one instead.

His daughter-in-law Marie Kraus said: ‘Peter was absolutely thrilled when we got the car.

Peter Maddox with his new grey car. See SWNS story SWYELLOW; The elderly owner of a yellow car vandalised because it damages the view in a picture postcard village has bought a grey motor to avoid being targeted again. Peter Maddox's bright Vauxhall Corsa received worldwide media coverage in 2015 when photographers and tourists said it ruined their photos of Arlington Row in Bibury, Glos. In January 2017, the retired dentist, 84, found the supermini vandalised with the windows smashed and the words 'Freddie Move' scratched into the bonnet. The three-year-old car sustained damage valued at £6,000, writing it off.
Peter has switched to grey car after his last car was vandalised (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PHOTO of Arlington Row in Bibury, Cotswolds, where a yellow car has been the cause of controversy for spoiling the view. (file pic) See SWNS story SWYELLOW; The elderly owner of a yellow car vandalised because it damages the view in a picture postcard village has bought a grey motor to avoid being targeted again. Peter Maddox's bright Vauxhall Corsa received worldwide media coverage in 2015 when photographers and tourists said it ruined their photos of Arlington Row in Bibury, Glos. In January 2017, the retired dentist, 84, found the supermini vandalised with the windows smashed and the words 'Freddie Move' scratched into the bonnet. The three-year-old car sustained damage valued at £6,000, writing it off.
The retired dentist, 84, found the supermini vandalised (picture: SWNS)

‘He likes having his own car and drove it straight home from the garage. I took a photo of him and he had a big smile and a firm grip on the key.

‘Vauxhall were able to get him a new car very quickly.

‘Obviously, it is sad to lose the yellow one but he feels he does not want to antagonise anyone with a bright colour. He just wants to drive peacefully.’

She added: ‘He does like bright colours and he liked his bright yellow car but since he feels he was targeted because it was yellow, he doesn’t want to attract the same sort of attention.

Peter Maddox at the car body repair shop with his damaged car.  (file pic) See SWNS story SWYELLOW; The elderly owner of a yellow car vandalised because it damages the view in a picture postcard village has bought a grey motor to avoid being targeted again. Peter Maddox's bright Vauxhall Corsa received worldwide media coverage in 2015 when photographers and tourists said it ruined their photos of Arlington Row in Bibury, Glos. In January 2017, the retired dentist, 84, found the supermini vandalised with the windows smashed and the words 'Freddie Move' scratched into the bonnet. The three-year-old car sustained damage valued at £6,000, writing it off.
Peter chose grey because he was worried the vandals may strike again (Picture: SWNS)

‘He feels it’s possible it would happen again.’

But the 84-year-old is not without his supporters, with a Bright Yellow Car Convoy organised to travel to Bibury on April 1 in a show of solidarity.

Peter will be attending on the day as a passenger and will also be choosing his favourite yellow car.

Money raised from the event will go towards The Butterfly Garden, a Cheltenham charity chosen by Peter and his family.